Inspection costs: drones versus traditional quality control?

This data-file estimates the costs of drone inspections, for the construction and resources industries, using bottom-up numbers from technical papers.

Costs per hour can be 30% lower than for traditional quality control inspections. A single drone, including software licenses likely costs c$30k, which is disaggregated line-by-line.

The data-file also quantifies the capabilities of drones to monitor carbon accumulatio in forests, capturing the details of ten technical paper from the past decade, which used LiDAR to measure DBH (below).

Our notes from technical papers are also included in the data-file.